One of the most popular games in present times, PUBG Mobile is now banned in India, as the Government of India blocks the battle royale game, alongside 118 other Chinese apps in the country.
Following the border tension between the two countries’ military in Ladakh back in May, the Govt of India first decided to ban the hugely popular app TikTok. Now PUBG Mobile, published by Chinese video game vendor faces the ban hammer.
PUBG Mobile is now banned in India
PUBG Mobile, one of the most popular apps in the country, has more than 33 million active players in India, in addition to over 13 million daily users. The Indian Govt has termed the step as interest of India’s sovereignty and integrity, defence and security, as the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology confirmed in an official release on Wednesday.
“The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India invoking it’s power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 118 mobile apps since in view of information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order,” the official statement of the Ministry read.
Alongside PUBG Mobile, a whopping 118 Chinese apps are also blocked from the Indian cyberspace, as per recommendation by the The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs.
The centre has flagged these apps, including the likes of APUS Launcher, Smart AppLock and VPN for TikTok for “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India”.
Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) secretary general Praveen Khandelwal appreciated the ban: “we express our gratitude and compliments to government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking such an important step as per the wishes of the people of India. Apps like PUBG were spoiling the next generation.”
PUBG Mobile was released on 9th February 2018 following the massive success of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on PC and consoles which, unlike its mobile counterpart, is published by South Korean video game company Bluehole.